THE TEXAS OFFENSE - GOING FAST

Day 1 of Texas spring football is history, and talk about creating chaos! New OC Sterlin Gilbert was already on a headset calling plays to a special assistant who signaled them in as fast as possible. That and more Day 1 spring practice observations right here:

* Well, Charlie Strong was true to his word to new OC Sterlin Gilbert as the new offense got more than 200 reps in Practice No. 1 of spring ball on Monday.

* The tempo was so torrid (trying to get plays snapped 12 seconds after the ball is set) the defense often times wasn't aligned when the offense snapped the ball.

At one point, senior CB Sheroid Evans walked up to the special assistant signaling the plays in to the offense and said, "This sh*t ain't realistic."

* Even though Charlie Strong said earlier Monday that if he needed to stop practice to coach his defense, he'd blow the whistle - Strong never blew his whistle on Monday and let the offense go play-after-play from one period to the next.

It was a sight to see. The offense seemed to have a successful first day in terms of how quickly the signals were coming in and being relayed to personnel.

* Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard got the most reps with the first team offense in 11-on-11 situations. Freshman Shane Buechele got the third-most.

* Just an early observation - Buechele doesn't look 6-1 and 191. He looks 6-0 and about 175 when standing next to the other QBs. But he's got a calm demeanor and throws an accurate ball. It was windy in practice Monday, and he had to really step into throws to get them downfield. We'll see how he holds up physically this spring, but he looks a lot like Colt McCoy when McCoy arrived as a freshman (Colt was 168 pounds - and probably just as accurate throwing the ball).

* Kai Locksley and Matthew Merrick got reps in some early-in-practice, offense-only tempo work. But they didn't get any reps in team situations against the defense.

* If RB Chris Warren is 255, he still has washboard abs and looks great.

* The receiver who grabbed everyone's eye was 6-6, 212-pound freshman Collin Johnson (No. 85). That is a grown man, and, wow, is he a natural pass-catcher. Johnson and John Burt look like early favorites at outside receiver (although Armanti Foreman appeared to get dinged in practice and watched most of the second half).

The outside receivers were lined up to the yard-line numbers, just like Baylor's offense, and a good majority of the routes were inside and outside routes at 8 yards or less with an occasional deep ball.

* John Burt and Collin Johnson both had impressive deep-ball catches.

* The first team offensive line included freshman Zach Shackelford at center along with Connor Williams at LT, Patrick Vahe at RG and Kent Perkins at RT. 

Elijah Rodriguez got some reps at center as well.

It would have been Brandon Hodges at LG, but he has a 5:30 pm class on Mondays, so Terrell Cuney worked at first-team LG.

* Buck Major and Garrett Thomas worked some at second-team LT. Major looks like a soft 328, and almost all the second-team reps at RT went to Tristan Nickelson, who is a legit 6-9. Enormous.

* DeAndre McNeal, Jacorey Warrick, Ryan Newsome and Lorenzo Joe all worked at inside receiver and had some good moments in practice.

* DeShon Elliott (No. 4) got a lot of time with the first-team defense and appears to be challenging Jason Hall at safety.

* Dylan Haines had a nice, one-handed INT against Jerrod Heard.

* The defense is painfully thin at DT - with Paul Boyette and Poona Ford running first team and DTs Chris Nelson and Jake McMillon running second team.

* Charles Omenihu, who looks great at 262 pounds, and Bryce Cottrell were in the backfield the most among the DEs.

* Malik Jefferson ran first-team middle linebacker with Ed Freeman at OLB - almost all in nickel defense. Breckyn Hager was the second-team MLB with Anthony Wheeler at OLB.

Hager and Wheeler appear to have good communication and chemistry on the field. Something to watch.

* Holton Hill and DaVante Davis were their usual nightmare selves at CB - making it difficult for anyone to throw deep.

* Ryan Newsome got first crack at fielding punts, then Jacorey Warrick, Dorian Leonard and Holton Hill.

* All-in-all, I thought it was a good day for the offense to be able to set the tone of just how fast practices are going to go for this offense to be successful - even though Sheroid Evans said, "This sh*t ain't realistic!"

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